Traditional vs. Self-Publishing Blew Up Facebook

For me traditional publishing means poverty. But self-publish? No wayMy Facebook page blew up with comments after I shared an article written for The Guardian by Ros Barber entitled, “For me traditional publishing means poverty, but self-publishing? No way.”

Whoa!

She believes that making a living as a writer is almost impossible when being traditionally published since authors receive such a low percentage on the sale of each book. But self-publishing is much worse given the author is stuck with marketing. She went on to slam anyone who spams up his Twitter feed with book sales. Continue reading

What Dreams Teach Writers

“Sweet dreams,” our mothers said while tucking us into bed.

Pshh! When was the last time you had a sweet dream? Do your dreams come true in your dreams? Are you accepting a Hugo or Edgar award for exceptional writing? If you do, I would love to live in your subconscious.

My dreams are nothing like that.

I look forward to going to sleep. It can be such a relief after a hectic day, but my dreams seldom are a place where I rest. I never, ever get what I want.

DreamscapeDream #1.

I am lost and hungry as I thrash my way through the jungle at night. Dirt clings to my body, slick with sweat. I’m tired and want to sit down to rest, but am desperate to find civilization. A warm light flickers through the dense understory. It’s a campfire. Relieved, I run toward the clearing. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Drop and Hop Party!

 

2016 Valentine's Day party 1Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s time to make some new friends by dropping a link and hopping to other blogs! It’s a great way to #sharethelove on Valentine’s Day.

  1. Drop a link to your blog in the comments.
  2. Invite others to your place. Include a short hook. Tell us what you blog about.
  3. Check out links to other blogs.
  4. Hop to a few. Tell them, “Susie sent me,” and they should click back to your place!
  5. Subscribe!

Be my Valentine and make some new friends. Maybe they will follow your blog.

Shout it out on social media with #Sundayblogshare, #Weekendbloghop, and #sharethelove!

While you’re here, grab a drink from the bar or barista. Help yourself to the Valentine’s Day buffet. Delectable treats have been flown in from around the world and everything is calorie-free.

DJ KSmash is in the house. So don’t forget to DANCE!

Make my Valentine’s Day really special and follow my blog.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Heads UP! Valentine’s Day Party ahead…

meteor Valentine's Day Party

Come to the Wild Ride tomorrow, February 14th, and #SharetheLove!

Looking for the Party? Click HERE for the Party Post!

  1. Drop a link to your blog in the comments.
  2. Invite others to your place with a short hook.
  3. Check out other links.
  4. Hop to a few!

Be my Valentine and make some new friends. Maybe they will follow your blog.

Shout it out on social media with #Sundayblogshare #Weekendbloghop and #sharethelove!

See you tomorrow, February 14th! The party will start at 6:00 AM Mountain Time.

I Crushed It. Now What Will I Do? I’m Addicted.

I wrote 50,000 words in 23 days to win NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month.

Nanowrimo2014 Yeah baby!

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I happy danced and then cried a little when the NaNoWriMo Team sent a YouTube Video with their congratulations.

nanowrimo 2014 2

Every day in November, I woke up and felt driven. Writing in the morning worked the best for me, but oftentimes I started up again around four O’clockish.  I had to make time for it no matter what was going on. Yesterday, I was less than 2000 words away from my 50,000 word goal, but I went skiing with my husband, Danny, our niece and her boyfriend.

First day at Breck

I wrote on the way down the mountain, (in my car, of course, and no, I wasn’t driving), but I was 800 words shy of the 50,000 word total when we rolled up in Boulder. After writing an average of 2179 words per day, it killed me to be so close, but I had to go to sleep.

Because skiing.

After cranking out a rough draft and working my hiney off every day in November, what will it feel like tomorrow? Continue reading

Why I Joined the Madness

I’m an obsessed idea freak, by that I mean, once I get an idea in my head I have to accomplish my goal. It drives me nuts until I do. After talking about it, visualizing, and then calculating the best route, I keep my eye on the prize gleaming at the finish line. I’m sure it has something to do with the challenge and enjoying the creative aspect of the work, but I believe it has a lot more to do with achieving sparkly goals.

door with stained glass

In the past, I visualized a stained glass window, and then took a class and constructed five. I visualized angels or birds flitting and floating on my ceilings. Then one snowy Sunday afternoon, I pulled a ladder from the garage and painted them. It gave me enormous satisfaction to create something out of nothing.

ceiling with angels

Since this has always worked with art projects, I wondered if it would work with writing. Continue reading

Heads Up for Another Wild Party!

Heads up in aspens

Welcome wild riders! I’ve been up in the mountains taking loads of photographs. The contrast is amazing this time of year and I look forward to sharing a virtual hike or two with you before the end of the month.

With the peak of the fall color upon us, I thought I’d give you an aspen HEADS UP. Another Use Me and Abuse Me Blog Party starts at 6:00 AM Mountain Time on Wednesday, September 24th!  This is a great opportunity for new bloggers to start building their own community and veteran bloggers to make some new friends.  Come with a link and party down on Wednesday! It’s sure to become another rager.

Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!

Are the leaves changing in your neck of the woods?